On Sunday, 19 August from 12noon to 6pm, Michael Lee (Officer in Charge, Youghal Coast Guard) is inviting the public along to the Open Day at their Station in South Abbey, Youghal. Michael Lee told the East Cork Journal “we would like to invite and welcome the public to come and look around the Station, meet the Crew and see all the equipment used to save lives on land and on sea which include radio communications systems, cliff rescue gear, patrol, transport and search boats, response vehicles, line throwing apparatus, first aid equipment, personal protective equipment, portable generators and lights”.
Michael also added that the station is always looking for new recruits, “all positions are entirely voluntary and crew members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Full training will be provided. All interested volunteers must live within 10 minutes of the Station House.”
If you feel you would like to join the team, or if you simply want to see all that Coast Guards do on behalf of the public, call down to the Open Day on Sunday, 19 August 19 to support the crew.
The Irish Coast Guard currently has 45 stations positioned at strategic locations around the country. It is an absolutely vital service, and every effort should be made to support them. Each year, on average, the Coast Guard can expect to be involved in over 3,000 marine emergencies, assisting 4,500 people and saving roughly 200 lives – and that’s just the call out to sea. They are also called out to rescue people in danger on mountains, cliffs, caves and other areas on land. The Coast Guard Helicopter can expect to be tasked on about 2,000 missions, from mountain to sea rescues and aeromedical missions, on behalf of the HSE.